Drs. Calzo and Felner collaborate in community-engaged research to advance tobacco prevention and cessation among underserved and marginalized populations, including LGBTQ+ youth and housing-insecure youth. In the Puff Break Study, the ARCHES Lab utilizes ecological momentary assessment to measure the impact of stress and socialization experiences on smoking behaviors among LGBTQ+ adolescents, with the goal of developing adaptive tools to reduce smoking behaviors and promote cessation among LGBTQ+ adolescents who smoke. In the TobExA Study (tobacco reduction through expressive arts), the ARCHES Lab is working alongside our partners at San Diego Youth Services to develop an intervention to reduce tobacco use and co-consumption of cannabis among housing insecure youth. The study will leverage expressive arts and other strengths-based approaches to design an intervention that will promote healthy coping behavior, resource access and utilization, community and peer support, and overall resilience. 

The lab is actively recruiting for the Puff Break Study! If you are an LGBTQ+ youth, ages 14-19 years old, and you currently smoke tobacco or vape, take our short survey to see if you are eligible to participate. You could earn up to $175 in gift cards if you participate in the study.

Current and Past Funding: 

  • TRDRP T33CR6428 (MPI: Felner & Jellá, Co-I: Calzo), 2023-2025
  • TRDRP T32IP4725 (PI: Calzo), 2022-2024
  • SDSU Cancer Research Group Pilot (PI: Calzo), 2019-2021